Best new action & adventure TV Shows (2017 list - TV & Netflix)

Muscular tough guys blazing guns or swinging axes are not a guilty pleasure anymore. Since the beginning of 00’s, action shows have added more story to their mix, which has made the genre a valuable keeper.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best action TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Drew Goddard, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely our new Action genre creators?

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Iron Fist (17-3-2017 | Netflix)

Yet another Marvel Comics adaption@ Daniel Rand, the son of a rich entrepreneur, appears to have mysterious talents and a very strong fist. An Iron Fist. There are more action superhero and comics coming out, but the remainder can be found in the comic book tv shows section
CreatorScott Buck
Starring Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones & Jessica Stroup
Similar tv showsDaredevil, Jessica Jones
Themesarts, heroism, honor, justice, action, adventure, crime, science fiction,
Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, amusing,
CountryUnited States

Taboo (7-1-2017 | BBC, FX)

A British adventurer returns home from Africa and has brought a treasure of 14 stolen diamonds with him. With them he will seek vengeance for the death of his father. Tom Hardy is not only in it, he is also one of the creators! It's a BBC Mini-series.
CreatorTom Hardy & Steven Knight
StarringTom Hardy, Michael Kelly, Jonathan Pryce
Themesrevenge, action, adventure,
CountryUnited Kingdom

Jack Ryan (5-1-2017 | Amazon)

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, a CIA analist is put in harms away when he gets his first dangerous field assignment. He uncovers a new terrorist network. So far the Clancy novels were made into film adaptations, but Amazon is bringing it to TV.

Photo of Jack Ryan
CreatorCarlton Cuse & Graham Roland
StarringJohn Krasinski, Abbie Cornish & Wendell Pierce
Themesaction, spy,

Best action TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best action TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Vikings (Since 3-3-2013 , Season: 3 - History Chanel)
  2. The viking Ragnar Lothbrok aims to conquer new territories in the West, but his chief wants to continue their travels to the familiar East. The tension between the two vikings rises, and culminates into a fierce battle. Very nice show for people who are into fantasy, blood en brave Scandinavian seafaring warriors.

    CreatorMichael Hirst
    StarringTravis Fimmel, Clive Standen & Gustaf Skarsgård
    Similar tv showsGame of Thrones, The Tudors
    Themestradition, travelling, action, drama,
    Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, educational, historical,
    CountryCanada Ireland {Republic}
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Person of Interest (Since 22-9-2011 , Season: 5 - CBS)
  4. A former CIA agent and a rich software developer team up in order to stop crimes before they have ever happened.

    Creator Jonathan Nolan
    StarringJim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson & Kevin Chapman
    Similar tv showsBlue Bloods
    Themesjustice, technology, action, mystery,
    Keywordsaction-packed, dramatic, futuristic,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Banshee (Since 11-1-2013 , Season: 4 - Cinemax)
  6. HBO’s sub-tv factory Cinemax produced a show that is one of the rawer thriller tv shows out there, and is definitely one of the best action tv shows we have ever come across. And indeed, it sets itself apart from the rest with long and tough action scenes backed up by sufficient dramatic development. By no means a sophisticated screenplay, but set in a small American town near an Amish community, it has more than enough to offer atmospherically. The series is about an ex-convict who wants to get back with his former partner in crime and lover who has moved to this small American town and made a life for herself. In order to win her back he stays in town, and pretends to be the new local sheriff.

    CreatorDavid Schickler & Jonathan Tropper
    StarringAntony Starr, Ivana Milicevic & Ulrich Thomsen
    Similar tv showsHomeland, The Player
    Themesidentity, justice, action, crime,
    Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, awe-inspiring, clever, dynamic,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. The Flash (Since 7-10-2014 , Season: 2 - The CW)
  8. A regular guy - who had a tough childhood - wakes up after a freak accident with a particle accelerator and finds that he has gained a remarkable power: superspeed. He decides to use it to protect the world from villains and to discover the truth about his youth.

    CreatorGreg Berlanti, Geoff Johns & Andrew Kreisberg
    StarringGrant Gustin, Candice Patton & Danielle Panabaker
    Similar tv showsArrow, Gotham
    Themesidentity, justice, revenge, vigilante, action, adventure,
    Keywordsaction-packed, amusing, entertaining, futuristic,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Prison Break (Since 29-8-2005 , Season: 4 - Fox)
  10. When his brother is put on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Michael Scofield puts himself in jail to safe him. A straight-forward hit!

    Creator Paul Scheuring
    Starring Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller & Amaury Nolasco
    Similar tv showsLost
    Themesjustice, law, politics, action, crime,
    Keywordsaction-packed, addictive, entertaining, exciting,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. The Night Manager (Since 19-4-2016 , Season: 1 - BBC)
  12. A night manager of a European hotel is asked to be an alias for intelligence operations. Thrilling!

    CreatorJohn le Carré
    Starringom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki
    Themesbetrayal, espionage, mafia, manipulation, action, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsaction-packed, dark, thrilling,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Action genre statistics

Genre popularity
Genre ranking#5
Familiar facesom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki
Trending showsDareDevil, Agent Carter & Vikings
Amount of genre shows per year from 2010 to 2017

100 action TV series scheduled for release this year.

The action genre is a difficult own to put in statistics, as most shows incorporate action elements and describe themselves as such. Nonetheless, it is clear the amount of shows with genre elements is growing.